Actually Adult Cartoons

A list of animated films and shorts that, unlike 90% of almost all mainstream western animation for adults, don’t solely rely on excessive swearing, nudity, sex, drugs, violence, raunchy jokes or general immaturity to be engaging. But rather, treat their audience with respect and/or challenge them with complex, heavy or actually mature themes and ideas, as well as take the time to make you connect with its characters, narratives and scenarios on a level that allows you to take them seriously.

If there are any actually adult cartoons that I haven’t heard of or may have missed, feel free to suggest them in the comments, and I’ll happily put them on this list!

  • The Sinking of the Lusitania
  • The New Gulliver
  • Fantasia
  • Education for Death
  • Neighbours
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • Animal Farm
  • 13 Cantos of Hell
  • A Short Vision
  • Very Nice, Very Nice
  • The Millionaire
  • Dead Times
  • The Games of Angels
  • Six Men Getting Sick
  • Why Man Creates
  • Yellow Submarine
  • How Death Came to Earth
  • Fantastic Planet
  • Three Transitions
  • Hunger
  • Voyage to Next
  • Everybody Rides the Carousel
  • Confessions of a Foyer Girl
  • Watership Down
  • Asparagus
  • Down and Out
  • The Plague Dogs
  • The Secret of NIMH
  • Dance of Death
  • Dimensions of Dialogue
  • Early Bird
  • Late Edition
  • On Probation
  • Palmy Days
  • Sales Pitch
  • Babylon
  • When the Wind Blows
  • The Captive
  • The Cat Who Walked by Herself
  • War Story
  • Going Equipped
  • Ident
  • Why, Charlie Brown, Why?
  • The Sandman
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  • The Darra Dogs
  • Ah Pook Is Here.
  • Faust
  • Achilles
  • Gargoyles: The Heroes Awaken
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • His Mother's Voice
  • Stage Fright
  • Pony Glass
  • The Man with the Beautiful Eyes
  • Brother
  • Samurai Jack: Digital Animation Test
  • A Kitty Bobo Show
  • Into the Dark
  • Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie
  • Waking Life
  • Destino
  • Finding Nemo
  • Harvie Krumpet
  • Penguins Behind Bars
  • The Triplets of Belleville
  • The Incredibles
  • Shrek 2
  • Salad Fingers
  • John and Michael
  • The Meaning of Life
  • A Scanner Darkly
  • Peter & the Wolf
  • Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
  • Chainsaw
  • Persepolis
  • Ratatouille
  • Subservience
  • Sita Sings the Blues
  • Skhizein
  • WALL·E
  • Waltz with Bashir
  • $9.99
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Mary and Max
  • My Dog Tulip
  • Old Fangs
  • Please Say Something
  • Singles
  • The Secret of Kells
  • Up
  • 9
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood
  • Chico & Rita
  • Danny & Annie
  • The Illusionist
  • Toy Story 3
  • Always A Family
  • All Star Superman
  • The Backwater Gospel